Single-Use Plastic Legislation

U.S. bans at a glance

Over 100 cities and municipalities in the U.S. have banned Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) in government facilities including New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Miami Beach, Florida.

Single-Use Plastic Regulations in the U.S.

Single-use plastic bans in the U.S.

Single-use Plastic Straw Bans in the US

Single-use Plastic Regulation

Plastic Bags

  • As of July 2019, 68 countries across the globe have plastic bag bans with varying degree of enforcements.
  • Eight states in the US have banned single-use plastic bags. California became the first state in the US to ban single-use plastic bags. Hawaii has a de facto statewide ban. New York became the third state to ban plastic bags in 2019. Five other states- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Oregon and Vermont have legislation on single-use plastic bags.
  • Vermont has adopted the most comprehensive plastics ban in the US-regulating bags, straws, drink stirrers and foam food packaging. The plastics ban goes into effect July 2020.
  • Bangladesh became the first country in the world to ban thin plastic bags in 2002. New Zealand became the latest country to ban plastic bags in July 2019.
  • In June 2019, Canada announced to ban single-use plastics by 2021.
  • More than 300 municipalities across the US have single-use plastic bag ban.
  • Virtually no countries restrict plastic bag manufacturing/production.

Plastic Straws

  • Seattle becomes the first major US city to ban plastic straws in 2018.
  • Two countries Vanuatu and the Seychelles have banned plastic straws outright.
  • California has a state-wide straw-upon-request policy effective January 1, 2019.
  • Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from April 2020.

Plastic Foam Containers

  • Maine became the first state to ban plastic foam containers beginning 2021, followed by Maryland.

Interactive Map of U.S. Plastic Reduction Policies